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model release abe Lincoln?

Explorer ,
Apr 04, 2023 Apr 04, 2023

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Hello. I am a long time contributor first time forum participant. Adobe screen name Richard28722569. I submitted an AI generative image of Abraham Lincoln portrait as a stained glass window. It was rejected for lack of a model release. Thoughts?

 

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Community Expert , Apr 04, 2023 Apr 04, 2023

Model releases are required even for dead people. The estate of their heirs would have to agree to let you use their image commercially. Here's a legal opinion in the subject:

 

https://www.bhandlaw.com/can-i-legally-use-the-image-of-a-dead-famous-person/

 

Here's another legal opinion:

https://carterlawaz.com/what-if-model-dies-without-signing-a-model-release/

 

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Apr 04, 2023 Apr 04, 2023

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Model releases are required even for dead people. The estate of their heirs would have to agree to let you use their image commercially. Here's a legal opinion in the subject:

 

https://www.bhandlaw.com/can-i-legally-use-the-image-of-a-dead-famous-person/

 

Here's another legal opinion:

https://carterlawaz.com/what-if-model-dies-without-signing-a-model-release/

 

Jill C., Forum Volunteer

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Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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@Jill_C 

I'm almost certain U.S. Presidents are in public domain. 

Also Abraham Lincoln and George Washington are well beyond the 100 year threshhold.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863.jpg

 

@Richard28722569phzs ,

As I interpret it, you should submit a signed Property Release by you as creator of the Generative AI artwork.

 

Hope that helps.


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Generative AI Submission Requirements:
https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/generative-ai-content.html
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Model/Property Releases:
https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/model-release.html
https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/property-release.html

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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I think you're right; though I can't validate whether it's 95 or 100 years, certainly Abe is in public domain by now!

Jill C., Forum Volunteer

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Apr 04, 2023 Apr 04, 2023

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Thank you, Jill C for your reponse. I read your response and attached articles. I would think my rendering would be in the  transformative catagory. My original idea was to honor secular heroes as religious fogures are honored. Also, I know copyright rules have gotten way tighter than originally intended, but don't copyrights still expire, perhaps after something like 150 years. Copyrights were meant to expire to encourage new creative possiblities. Where would we be if the Marconi family still had rights to everything associated with the radio?

Anyway, this is not the field I choose to die on. 

 

Another image in this same series is a nurse, AI generated with no real person suggested and the image seems very generic, as intended. Still rejection for lack of model release. I have a lot of such rejections. It doesn't slow me down but still it's curious.

Again, thoughts....nurse glass.jpg

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Apr 04, 2023 Apr 04, 2023

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woops, I realize I conflated copyright and patents, but I think the reasoning is still sound. The main problem with copyright is Mickey Mouse. He should have fallen out of copyright years ago, but Disney clout won.

 

Isn't there also an exeption for public figures. I can make and sell t-shirts with Trump's or Biden's face without fear of arrest, is this true?

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No technically you cannot do so; however I think many public figures don't expend a lot of effort in chasing every infraction.

 

https://smallbusiness.chron.com/can-use-celebrity-images-tshirts-40638.html

 

 

Jill C., Forum Volunteer

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Just to confirm, you submitted a property release and it was still rejected?


George F, Fine Art Landscape Photographer

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Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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No I didn't submit any releases

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Apr 05, 2023 Apr 05, 2023

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I would encourage you to read through the Submission Requirements for Generative AI  if you haven't already.  It talks about needing either a property release for fictional people, or a model release for recognizable people.

 

Cheers!


George F, Fine Art Landscape Photographer

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Thank you George. I have read the document but that nuance I didn't catch, Cheers to you as well.

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